50 Years Ago – 9 January 1972

9 January 1972

26 people were hurt when the Queen’s Own Highlanders entered a house in Belfast which was booby trapped with explosives. There were no deaths, but seven children and eight soldiers were hurt.

The national strike of coal miners began, with Derek Ezra, the chairman of the Coal Board, saying that some branches were refusing to follow safety precautions which might mean that their mines couldn’t be re-opened if they were flooded. The miners were demanding a pay rise of 47%, but the National Coal Board said that it couldn’t pay more than 7.9%. The Government confirmed that measures were being introduced to preserve stocks of coal.